Legislation to provide much-needed flexibility to Kentucky’s school districts appears to be in trouble, after failing to pass out of a House committee Wednesday in Frankfort during the special session.Members of both parties are finding different parts of House Bill 1 disagreeable, from the nullification of a statewide mask mandate in public schools to differences over funding and COVID-19 vaccines.A companion bill, SB 1, has moved successfully through committee twice, but it may not be able to pass the House of Representatives at this point.”Honestly, today, after what I’ve just witnessed, the Senate can send over the same bill, (but) nobody is willing to move an inch,” said the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Kim Banta, R-Fort Mitchell. The legislation would give districts 20 days of remote learning, which they could apply to schools, classes or groups of students to help diffuse COVID-19 outbreaks. It also stabilizes funding for school districts, despite fluctuations in in-person attendance during the pandemic and makes it easier for districts to hire new employees amid severe staffing shortages.But many Democrats oppose the provision that nullifies the statewide mask mandate for public schools. One Republican, Rep. Shane Barker, R-Somerset, opposed the funding stabilization provision, while Rep. Felicia Rabourn, R-Turners Station, wanted language prohibiting schools and government entities from requiring staff to get the COVID-19 vaccine. It was the second day of the special session, which Republican leaders hoped would run smoothly and quickly.Many celebrated one victory, after Gov. Andy Beshear signed House Joint Resolution One on Tuesday night. It extends the pandemic-related state of emergency and many of Beshear’s emergency orders.FOLLOW MARK VANDERHOFF ON TWITTER FOR LIVE UPDATESTuesday morning, a hearing was held on a bill to provide $350 million in loans to multiple unnamed projects that are expecting to bring $2 billion in investment to Kentucky.Read all the bills being considered during the special sessionRocky Adkins, a member of Beshear’s administration, called them “mega projects,” which are expected to bring many jobs.”If we do not move now and be ready for these future technologies– we’re going to be left behind,” Adkins said.

Legislation to provide much-needed flexibility to Kentucky’s school districts appears to be in trouble, after failing to pass out of a House committee Wednesday in Frankfort during the special session.

Members of both parties are finding different parts of House Bill 1 disagreeable, from the nullification of a statewide mask mandate in public schools to differences over funding and COVID-19 vaccines.

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A companion bill, SB 1, has moved successfully through committee twice, but it may not be able to pass the House of Representatives at this point.

“Honestly, today, after what I’ve just witnessed, the Senate can send over the same bill, (but) nobody is willing to move an inch,” said the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Kim Banta, R-Fort Mitchell.

The legislation would give districts 20 days of remote learning, which they could apply to schools, classes or groups of students to help diffuse COVID-19 outbreaks. It also stabilizes funding for school districts, despite fluctuations in in-person attendance during the pandemic and makes it easier for districts to hire new employees amid severe staffing shortages.

But many Democrats oppose the provision that nullifies the statewide mask mandate for public schools. One Republican, Rep. Shane Barker, R-Somerset, opposed the funding stabilization provision, while Rep. Felicia Rabourn, R-Turners Station, wanted language prohibiting schools and government entities from requiring staff to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

It was the second day of the special session, which Republican leaders hoped would run smoothly and quickly.

Many celebrated one victory, after Gov. Andy Beshear signed House Joint Resolution One on Tuesday night. It extends the pandemic-related state of emergency and many of Beshear’s emergency orders.

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Tuesday morning, a hearing was held on a bill to provide $350 million in loans to multiple unnamed projects that are expecting to bring $2 billion in investment to Kentucky.

Read all the bills being considered during the special session

Rocky Adkins, a member of Beshear’s administration, called them “mega projects,” which are expected to bring many jobs.

“If we do not move now and be ready for these future technologies– we’re going to be left behind,” Adkins said.

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